Every morning, Atlanta listeners – and listeners in cities across the Southeast – can hear Kristin Klingshirn on "The Bert Show," bantering with the boys, Bert Weiss and Jeff Dauler, and recapping the latest pop culture news. Longtime listeners know that underneath this UK grad's fun-loving exterior, she's an insightful woman who brings a great deal of compassion and perspective to her time on the air. "Once radio gets in your blood, it's there to stay," she says. "I truly feel this is what I'm supposed to be doing, and I am beyond grateful that I actually get to live out this dream." She recently sat down with Best Self Atlanta to reflect on her 12 years in radio, her favorite sweets and sweat sessions in Atlanta, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

You mentioned your anxiety on the air a few weeks ago.
How did you recognize it, and how do you control it?
Of all things, it was a Buzzfeed list called "24 Things Only Anxious People Understand." Some examples from the list are "Your anxiety causes actual physical discomfort and pain" Kristin2and "You are never really 'in the moment.'" I was able to check off practically everything on the list. At that moment, I was ready to finally do something about it. That's when I went back to therapy, changed my diet and became diligent about working out on a regular basis. There's still more I'd like to do. This is a process that takes time, and you can't fix anxiety overnight.

What aid have you found to be the most effective?
Hands down, therapy has helped me the most. Dr. Susan Rudnicki has opened my eyes in ways I didn't know were possible.

What advice do you have for other women dealing with anxiety?
I want to abolish the stigma of mental illness, whether it's depression or anxiety or any other disorder. So I encourage all women to seek advice and help. It doesn't mean you're weak if you ask for help. If anything, it means quite the opposite since you are tackling your struggles head on.

What are your favorite workouts?
I'm in love with hot yoga. I make sure to go to Red Hot Yoga at least once a week. For 60 minutes, I'm so focused on the poses that I literally think of nothing else. It's blissful. I also work with a personal trainer at Roc House Fitness, Takeela, and I adore her. Her upbeat, positive attitude is exactly what I need.

What are your favorite ways to indulge your sweet tooth?
Now we're talking! I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Butter pecan ice cream. My mom's Three Day Coconut Cake is to die for. I could go on
for days.

What are your favorite traits of your co-hosts, Bert and Jeff?
I affectionately call them the older brothers I never wanted because I do see them as family. I appreciate Jeff's wit and comedic timing, and Bert is one of the most loyal people you will ever meet. I value their friendship and feel truly honored that I get to work alongside them every morning as they are both so freaking talented. I hope they don't read this because their heads will be too big to fit through the studio door.

Tell us about this year's Bert's Big Adventure trip.
It's always the highlight of my year! Bert's Big Adventure takes chronic and terminally ill kids to Disney World, and the entire family gets to come. You pick up a different vibe from each trip, and this year it was independence and determination from the kids and their families. I remember Lali in her wheelchair cruising through the Magic Kingdom, determined to ride Peter Pan. She refused to sit in her dad's lap – she was going to experience the ride like every other kid at Disney. I always say "The Bert Show" pays the bills, but Bert's Big Adventure pays the soul.

What lessons have you learned from "The Bert Show" over the years?
The most important lesson I've learned is not to be so quick to judge. You will never fully understand what a person is going through or what they've experienced in life that makes them say or do a certain thing. We can be so quick to judge one another, so try to show compassion and kindness even when most don't think it's warranted.

What have you learned about yourself over the course of your career?
I'm a much stronger woman than I ever gave myself credit for.


Friday, 27 March 2015 16:42

My Best Self: Julia Curran-Villarreal

When you put yourself out there, you sometimes have to push through some fear and discomfort. Julia Curran-Villarreal figured out a new way to push through it: jump over it! After decades away from track and field, this almost 55-year-old Marietta mom picked up her old sport of high jumping and now competes at the Masters level all across the country. Last season, she won gold in 10 of her 11 meets, and she is currently ranked number one in the country and number eight in the world. Curran-Villarreal says, "I am trying to approach this phase of my life with a sense of fearlessness. If there are things I've dreamed of doing, I am going to try them." High jumping could be just the beginning.


In high school, what originally interested you in track and field?
I participated in gymnastics in elementary and middle school and thought that was "my sport," but one day in ninth grade, I walked by someone high jumping indoors. Someone suggested I try that, and it stuck. I jumped very successfully throughout high school.

How did you get back into high jumping as an adult?
My first competition as an adult was in 2013 at age 53. I loved that my boys, then 8 and 10, were doing sports, and I was reminiscing about my time on a team and how much I loved high jumping. On a whim, I Googled "track and field for grown-ups" and found the Masters track and field community. I was thrilled to find out there were competitions for adults.

How did your first competition go?
I went to my first meet here in Georgia just to observe, but I wore a T-shirt and shorts just in case I got up the nerve to register and compete – I did, and I won my age division. I haven't stopped since. I got more serious in 2014 and began working with a trainer who specializes in competitive athletes.

Tell us about your trainer.
My trainer is David Schrader of Neurosport Functional Training. He works with me on flexibility, balance and strength training. He understands the challenges of an older athlete and is very encouraging but pushes me incredibly hard.

What competitions are on the horizon this year?
My 2015 indoor season began in February with the USATF Southeastern Masters Championship in North Carolina. I will also compete in the USATF National Indoor Championships this month. I have also qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games, which are in July in Minnesota, and the World Masters Athletics in Lyon, France in August. The WMAs, held every two years, are like the Olympics for Masters athletes, and it will be an exciting competition.

What have you learned about yourself since resuming your sport?
It can be scary to put yourself out there and compete. You may fail. You may get hurt, look silly or not perfect. We Masters athletes can't perform like we did 30 years ago, but we continue to compete for the love of it. It's the absolute definition of doing "your personal best."

What inspires you about your fellow Masters athletes?
Most of these Masters athletes are in better shape than most people half their age. They train hard, have a great attitude and never give up. They epitomize the belief that whether you succeed or fail is not as important as putting forth the effort.

Monday, 02 March 2015 17:02

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Friday, 20 February 2015 16:52

A Progressive Approach to an Expert Facelift


Facial rejuvenation procedures to reduce the signs of aging have increased in popularity as surgical techniques have progressed. One result of these advances has been confusion over what the different terms for facelift mean. As a patient, how do you know whether you need a mini lift, S-lift, deep plane lift or any other particular variety?

The real key to a great facelift result is consulting with an experienced facelift surgeon who can help you understand the best procedure for you based on your needs, goals and time frame. Dr. Beaty takes this concept a step further at his Atlanta practice and offers all of his patients a completely individualized, progressive approach to both consultation and surgery. This method ensures that you will have the facial rejuvenation procedure that maximizes your results while minimizing incisions and downtime.

Dr. Beaty has spent years in training and practice mastering all of the major facelift techniques and developing and publishing this unique progressive approach to ensure your results are the best they can be. Beginning with your consultation, Dr. Beaty performs a comprehensive assessment of your facial skin, supportive tissue and volume needs. He also discusses how each technique will impact your look and your recovery. During the procedure, each step is evaluated for maximal efficacy. The result of following this type of approach is a perfect matching of surgical technique to the needs of each patient, delivering a rejuvenated new you every time!


Mark M. Beaty,
MD, Double Board Certified Facial
Plastic Surgeon

Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Mark Beaty has provided the finest in facial aesthetic services to patients in metro Atlanta for over 15 years. Dr. Beaty is an expert in personalized facial aesthetic enhancement including all aspects of cosmetic facial surgery as well as nonsurgical rejuvenation.


Sponsored by: Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery  |  2365 Old Milton Parkway, Suite #400
Alpharetta, GA 30009  |  Phone: (770) 753-0053  |  www.beatymd.com

Friday, 20 February 2015 16:27

Teenage Angst or Depression?

Between the pressures to perform, keeping up with a packed schedule and the transition to adulthood, many adolescents will experience emotional upheaval that includes anxiety, depression, loneliness and unhappiness. While some of these symptoms can be attributed to environmental factors, these can also be warning signs that something more serious is going on.

Depression in teens can look different than in adults. A child with depression may feel sick, resist going to school or express excessive worry. Teens may become distant, get into fights, be irritable and feel anxious. Depression in adolescence frequently coexists with other disorders such as anxiety, eating disorders or substance abuse and can also lead to increased risk for suicide.

Depression strikes teenagers more often than most people think. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Each year about 6.7 percent of U.S. adults experience major depressive disorder, and women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that half of people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that depression and anxiety, even the most severe cases, can be effectively treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. The first step to getting appropriate treatment is to visit a doctor or mental health specialist.


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Institute for Advanced Medical Research

Dr. Angelo Sambunaris has been a leader in the field of clinical research for over two decades. Prior to founding the Institute for Advanced Medical Research in 1989, he led clinical research teams at Solvay and Bayer Pharmaceutical. He also served as Lieutenant Commander, Research Officer Group United States Public Health Services at the NIMH.

When do I know to contact a specialist?
If you see significant changes in your child's ability to perform at school, changes with his or her social interactions or a shift in their ability to cope with their day to day stress, you should seek advice and obtain a diagnostic evaluation from a specialist such as a psychiatrist who is trained to discern normal teenage angst versus a medical condition.

What things can I encourage my teen to do to combat normal anxiety and stress?
Help your teen begin good habits now that will follow into adulthood with regards to reducing stress. Encourage them to practice yoga, meditate, eat well-balanced meals, get enough sleep, limit caffeine and sugar and exercise every day. Help them develop support systems through clubs and sports teams. Additionally, set a good example yourself by sharing a positive attitude and demonstrating a sense of humor.

Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Medical Research | 5895 Windward Parkway, Suite 150 | Alpharetta, GA 30005  |  Phone: (770) 817-9200 | www.IAMResearch.org


Friday, 20 February 2015 16:03

Stay Healthy on the Highway

It's spring break season in metro Atlanta. Many of you will hit the road for some fun and relaxation, but that doesn't mean you have to leave your healthy eating habits at home. Fast food is a temptation on every highway, but it's good to keep balance when you're away from home. There are plenty of healthy snacks that you can pack for your road trip, whether it's long or short.

For shorter trips, you can bring along non-perishable snacks like:

  • Unsalted nuts or trail mix. You can even make your own with almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. You could also include dried fruit like cranberries, blueberries or raisins. Just remember that 2 tablespoons of dried fruit will add about 15 grams of carbohydrates to your snack.
  • Half a sandwich made with 100 percent whole wheat bread and 1 to 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Whole fruit such as oranges, grapes, apples, bananas, tangerines or cherries.

In the car for the long haul?
Pack a cooler of healthy food, which will keep your good habits up and your chances of getting ill down. Here are some snack and meal ideas:

  • Hummus and pre-cut vegetables like baby carrots, broccoli florets, celery sticks, sugar snap peas or cherry tomatoes.
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  • Veggie or turkey sandwiches made with 100 percent whole wheat bread, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and mustard.
  • Whole wheat wrap or pita sandwiches. Use lean deli meat, non-starchy vegetables and cheese.
  • Single servings of light yogurt mixed with berries for a yogurt parfait.
  • Plenty of water.


Kelly DeGraffenreid, MD


Family Medicine

Dr. DeGraffenreid is a board certified physician in Family Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at Purdue University, earned her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her Family Medicine residency at Emory University. Kaiser Permanente is the state's largest nonprofit health plan serving more than 275,000 members in 26 medical facilities across metro Atlanta and Athens.

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente | www.kaiserpermanente.org


Friday, 20 February 2015 15:34

Pediatric Health Care from BAYADA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, premature birth affected more than 450,000 babies in 2012. Over the years, this number has steadily increased, leaving more newborns and parents of preemies to face health challenges that require undivided attention, often in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

One of these children is Kasey D., who was born prematurely at 26 weeks. She weighed just one pound and five ounces. Kasey's parents, Jack and Mary, chose nurses from BAYADA Pediatrics to provide their daughter with the complex medical care she would need once released from the hospital.

For her first six months, Kasey had an endotracheal tube in her mouth, which allowed a variety of ventilators to breathe for her. She had difficulty thriving even with this assistance. To aid in her survival, physicians opened a direct airway through a small incision in her neck to the trachea. BAYADA clinical manager and RN Crystal Lee oversaw all aspects of Kasey's care. "All of the nurses on Kasey's team are specially trained to care for children with complex medical needs," Crystal says. "They are with Kasey 16 hours a day."

Mary and Jack look forward to the day their daughter, now 18 months old, can breathe on her own. But for now they are relieved by how well their bundle of joy is progressing. "With BAYADA, I know Kasey is safe and getting the care she needs," Mary says.



40th PediatricsBAYADA Pediatrics — The Nation's First Simulation Training

BAYADA was one of the nation's first home health care agencies to utilize a simulation training laboratory, allowing professionals to gain hands-on experience and practice high-tech and complex
care skills.

Exceptional care for your child...peace of mind for you.

BAYADA Pediatrics' professionals specialize in caring for children of all ages, from newborns to adolescents, at home and at school. The compassionate, carefully screened and experienced BAYADA Pediatric nurses manage diverse diagnoses and high-tech equipment, while the highly trained and caring BAYADA Pediatric Nurses provide assistive personal care and support services.

Bayada takes a family-centered approach and partners with families in their child's care. In working together, clients and families experience firsthand the team's shared commitment to compassion, excellence and reliability -- the core values of the BAYADA way.

Who is on the child's care team?

BAYADA Pediatric Nurses are experts in caring for children from newborns to adolescents, including those requiring complex, high-tech care. Nursing services range from short-term recovery care to ongoing nursing and high-tech care.

Sponsored by: BAYADA Pediatrics | Available 24/7 | Phone: (888) 995-0788 | www.bayada.com


Friday, 20 February 2015 15:07

Dental Hygiene and Diabetes



Quite often, we either hear or see advertisements that promote optimum physical health, but rarely do we ever hear discussions on the importance of oral health care. When we pay close attention to our bodies – yes, even our gums, teeth and tongue – we leave less room for bacteria and infection to harm us. But for those who suffer with diseases such as Type I or Type II diabetes, the body's resistance to oral infection can be lowered drastically, ultimately causing gum disease, and making it harder to control sugar levels.

According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) high levels of glucose, also referred to as sugar, do encourage harmful bacteria to grow. Glucose is present through our saliva and when untreated and combined with sugars found in food, plaque buildup can occur in hard to reach places. Once plaque has accumulated and settled, glucose levels are then harder to maintain and very dangerous.

Remember, gum disease often has little to no symptoms, so regular brushing (twice a day), flossing and visits to both your dentist and primary care doctor are of vital importance. Our bodies and mouths have much more of an intimate relationship than we often fathom to realize. If we are proactive in all areas of health and wellness, the more control we will have over our lives.



shutterstock 155769509Dr. Akbar
Dr. Akbar is among the top cosmetic dentists in the Marietta and Alpharetta, GA area. Her specialized training combined with the latest technology and techniques, provides her patients with compassionate care and professional expertise.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree of Science and Biology from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, she went on to attend the Medical College of Georgia where she received her D.M.D.

From there, Dr. Akbar furthered her studies at Oklahoma University in Oklahoma City where she received a postgraduate degree in advanced education in general dentistry. She was licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry in 1990 and began practicing in Atlanta by 1991. She has been in private practice at her current location for the past 17 years. During that time she has completed extensive training and obtained her implant fellowship.

Dr. Akbar continuously gives back to those in need, that desire nothing more than a beautiful smile and wants everyone to share her passion for a healthy, beautiful smile!

Professional Affiliations:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Georgia Dental Association
  • The American Academy of
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Seattle Study Club of Atlanta
  • The Dental Organization of
  • Conscious Sedation

Sponsored by: RA Dental Studio | 875 North Main Street, Suite 358 | Alpharetta, GA 30004 (Above Taco Mac) | (770) 475-4455  |  2513 Shallowford Road, Bldg 100 | Marietta, GA 30066 | (770) 977-3977 | www.RAdentalstudio.com


Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:39

BEST Breaks Down Your Body Sculpting Options

We understand there are a lot of new technologies out there to help fight fat and shape your body – and they can all be rather confusing. Let us make it clear for you! The dermatologists at BEST, which stands for Body Enhancing Solutions and Technologies, can help create a customized body contouring treatment plan for you. We offer a variety of different procedures, results, recovery time and costs, and the best part? Everything is non-invasive.

Here are just a few of the options we offer:

Exilis - The treatment is perfect for tightening and toning the face and body

CoolSculpting - A non-surgical treatment, it uses cryolipolysis to eliminate unwanted fat cells with out harming surrounding tissue. Areas include abdomen, flanks, thighs, love handles and arms.

Vanquish - Ideal in eliminating excess fat specifically around the core & thigh area.

Ultherapy - Target the contours of your face, décolleté, and neck with this treatment, or use it to create results similar to a brow lift.



"We are not a med spa. We are a board certified dermatology center located in Buckhead and committed to the intimate and sensitive nature of body sculpting."

BEST is a division of Dermatology Consultants, a 75-year-old practice in Atlanta. Our board-certified physicians are renowned leaders in the field of dermatology, recognized by several accrediting organizations. We have performed over 2400 treatments ( that is for CoolSculpting alone ) in three years and are one of the few centers in Georgia offering DualSculpting™ where we can treat two areas at the same time, reducing overall treatment times. Also, we are an Ultra Ultherapy Provider and performed more treatments than any other provider in 2014.

We not only offer the most advanced technologies today, but we will tomorrow as well. You see, we are not beholden to any one particular machine or procedure. Instead, we are committed to providing the latest, safest and best solutions for your unique goals and body type.

Sponsored by: Dermatology Consultants | Located in Buckhead, Covington and Marietta
Phone: (404) 351-7546 | Fax: (404) 351-2993 | http://best.dermatologyconsultants.org

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:41

Special Section: The Most Beautiful You

Think about a time you felt beautiful recently. What gave you that feeling? Did your style look exactly on trend? Was your makeup perfectly applied? Had you just left the stylist's chair with the perfect haircut?

Here's a little secret: That "beautiful" feeling wasn't because of the clothes, the makeup or the hairstyle. You felt beautiful because you felt confident, and there's nothing more gorgeous than that.
So as you read through these pages of beauty treatments, makeup tips, skin care procedures and hair products, ask yourself: Will this make me feel more confident? More like the "me" I want to be? If the answer is yes, then your days of boosted confidence and beautiful self-image are just around the corner.

A key component to freshening your face is exfoliation. Judy Van Heiningen from Roswell's Facelogic Spa says, "Most people don't realize that at any given time you have about 30 layers of dead skin cells on your face. Yuck! They exacerbate your wrinkles, make your skin look dull and absorb all the great ingredients of your expensive moisturizers and serums." She explains, "At 20 years old, nature takes care of exfoliating our skin every three weeks or so. But as we age, nature slows down the exfoliation process. So your best bet is to exfoliate your skin with a peel, microdermabrasion or enzyme mask." www.facelogicspa.com/roswell

Stephanie Crystal from Joseph & Friends Lifestyle Salon & Spa elaborates, "Microdermabrasion instruments spray tiny crystals onto the skin, breaking up and removing the uneven outer layer of dead skin cells. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks." Depending on where you go, the cost may range from about $50 to $200. www.josephandfriends.com

IMG 1475Innate's Chamomile Hydrating Day Serum After exfoliating, hydrate with this oil-based moisturizer made in Sandy Springs. "Pure plant oils maintain the skin's natural balance for soft and supple results without clogging pores," explains Dr. Janelle Havelka, Innate's creator. www.innateorganicbody.com

2-Save-My-Face-PillowSave My Face pillow Avoid exacerbating facial wrinkles at night with this pillow. Its design elevates the sleeper's face from the pillow, helps keep the skin smooth and may even help you avoid neck pain when sleeping. www.savemyface.com

1-Jane-Iredale-Liquid-MineralsJane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation Support your skin care routine with this skin-friendly foundation. Aura Hair & Makeup's Erin Jubril says, "This product is amazing! It firms, has CoQ10 to repair, hyaluronic acid for hydration and Aloe vera to calm." www.aurahm.com

Beaute-Pacifique-Skincare-Vitamin-D-Body-Cream-LidiaBeaute Pacifique D-force Vitalizing Body Creme During winter, you likely didn't get much sun, which probably means you didn't get enough vitamin D either. Lidia Nistor-Reteneller, founder of local med spa Skin IQ, recommends this lotion to help. "This body lotion already has vitamin D incorporated and gets absorbed topically while taking care of your dry skin," she says. www.skiniqmedspa.com

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New-Youth-Skin-Care-picNew Youth Skin Care Local Georgia physician Dr. Monte Slater developed this skin care line that targets the process of glycosylation and other causes of aging skin. Pick up a bottle at Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic in Buckhead. www.slatermd.com

Planet Beach Hydro-Derma Fusion Heal from the dry winter air and get your skin ready for spring with this unique treatment at Planet Beach in Dunwoody. Hop into a vibrating massage bed to enjoy a soothing massage and warm steam to hydrate and moisturize skin from head to toe. You can also top your session off with the aromatic scent of an oxygen concentrate blended from natural ingredients. www.planetbeach.com/dunwoodyvillage

Often with age, your hair will lose pigment and may also become wiry or frizzy. In your quest to reclaim the hair you remember, Erin Jubril from Aura Hair & Makeup recommends, "Soften your hair color. Is your hair dark brown or black? Lighten it up a shade or two to diminish dark circles and erase 4-Redken's-Chromaticsfine lines and wrinkles." It won't actually take those wrinkles away, but they'll be much less noticeable. And to combat the wiry texture, she suggests a coconut-oil based color. www.aurahm.com

Redken's Chromatics Jubril says, "It will give you 100 percent gray coverage with tons of shine." www.aurahm.com

5-MONAT-REJUVENIQE-Oil-IntensiveMONAT's REJUVENIQE Oil Intensive Cynthia Douglas, a local MONAT distributor, says, "The more you use it, the more your hair benefits because it is being providing beneficial hydration, necessary cleansing and nutrition for regrowth. It is also receiving the added benefit of UV protection to preserve hair's radiance." www.mymonat.com/agedefyingbeauty

6-GKhair-Fast-Blow-DryGKhair's Fast Blow Dry Pat Alessi from Roswell's Salon 1580 recommends this new hair-taming formula for smooth and shiny hair. Fast Blow Dry helps reduce frizz and cuts blow-drying time in half! www.patalessihair.com

The shape of your eyebrows can make or break your overall look, and you may be hanging on to bad plucking habits from decades past. Alyson Hoag, owner of Authentic Beauty, says, "As a professional makeup artist, I was taught to enhance the brow shape according to the eye and face shape." Here's how she recommends gauging your perfect brow shape:

1. Begin by placing the long end of a makeup brush against your nose. Line the brush up with the area that is in between the inside of the tear duct and the eye socket. This is where your brow should start.

shutterstock 1343432992. Next, line your brush up from your nose to the area between the outside edge of your eye and the socket. This is where your brow should end.

3. The last angle and the most important area is your arch. Too many technicians try to make the arch straight above the pupil, which unfortunately causes the arch to be straight up and gives the appearance of the "rainbow brow." To achieve the perfect arch, line your brush up to the outside of your nose and look straight ahead. Angle the brush so it is to the outside of the iris, and start your arch where the brush crosses your brow. www.myimagejourney.com

9-Luca-LashLuca Lash Alyson Hoag swears by this natural product to help regrow brows if you've overtweezed or if the hair has thinned due to aging. "It is derived from botanicals and contains no prostaglandins," she explains. "It was designed for lash growth but works even better on brows!" www.myimagejourney.com

Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil Keeping your brows shaped and filling them in with the correct color will frame and accentuate your face. Julian Reynolds from Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare says this pencil is one of his favorite brow products. www.julianscosmetics.com

Revision Skincare Teamine Eye Complex Alethea Tinkle, owner of Bella by Alethea MedSpa, recommends this cream to diminish dark under-eye circles, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, firm skin and even provide antioxidant benefits. Tinkle says, "It is effective on all skin types and is consistently one of our best sellers. Our patients swear by it, and it's hard to keep it on the shelves!" www.beautybyalethea.com

8-Acute-Care-PhotoRodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care Local Rodan + Fields consultant Ashlee Dozier recommends these new strips to combat smile lines and lip wrinkles. Each strip delivers hyaluronic acid and peptides to the desired area, and the strips can be worn three nights per week for effortless change noticeable on the first morning after use. Maximum benefits are achieved after eight weeks, and the strips can be used on the eyes to combat crow's feet. www.ashleedozier.myrandf.com

Your teeth can reveal your age as much as any wrinkle, especially after years of stains building up. If you're looking for professional whitening, Dr. Ashish Patel from Smiles on Peachtree recommends their in-office Zoom Whitening procedure, which provides dramatic results in about an hour, or take-home trays. "Patients can have custom trays done and spend 30 minutes whitening each day for five to seven days straight," Dr. Patel says. To go beyond whitening and into reshaping your smile, cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers are available options. Bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, fill gaps or even change the shape of teeth themselves, and veneers cover chips, gaps and stains to create a beautiful, uniform smile. www.smilesinatlanta.com


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Our faces take the brunt of the elements, meaning they might need some more intensive TLC. Try these local facial procedures to restore your skin to its former vitality, lift and glow:

  • Bella by Alethea's $300 Refresh Laser Facial reduces the appearance of wrinkles and redness, treats age spots and tightens skin. Owner Alethea Tinkle adds, "It is a pampering facial. There is no downtime, pain or peeling, but the results are dramatic!" www.beautybyalethea.com

  • Julian Reynolds from Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare recommends a Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Facial. This $125 procedure, Reynolds says, will lift and sculpt contours of the face and neck while boosting skin's collagen and elastin production. www.julianscosmetics.com

  • Fillers are always an option to quickly refresh your look. Dr. Linda Kelley from Cobb Wellness & Aesthetics recommends the ArqueDerma Restoration Lift, which uses hyaluronic acid fillers to reduce jowls, improve marionette lines, lift the brows and more. The procedure is a splurge, costing anywhere from $2,400 to $3,000. www.cwaesthetics.com

  • Warm things up with a ThermiRF treatment from the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. This non-surgical procedure helps boost collagen production by heating the underlying skin support tissues. This also helps eliminate fat and tighten skin and can be performed in Dr. Maloney's office. For a more dramatic result, Dr. Maloney can also provide targeted liposuction to the treatment area. www.maloneycenter.com

Before choosing any one procedure, be sure you're with the right provider. Dr. Seth Yellin from Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery says, "After 20 years as a facial plastic surgeon and educator, the best advice I can give is to partner with a facial plastic surgeon who is skilled and experienced and whose aesthetic vision you trust." www.mariettafacialplastics.com


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Ellen Langer, a psychologist and current professor of psychology at Harvard University, has conducted a few small-scale studies specifically about the mind's effects on aging. In one, conducted in 1981, she took eight men in their 70s and set them up to live for just five days in a temporary home. The catch? The home was designed to remind them of 20 years before. Movies, magazines, even their conversation topics were all meant to evoke the past and get the subjects to act like their younger selves. At the end of the week, the men's bodies had responded as if they truly were younger: they were more coordinated, sat taller and even experienced improved eyesight.

When the experiment was recreated in 2010, attempting to bring subjects back to their 1975 selves, the subjects experienced similar changes – one who struggled to dress himself at the beginning of the week was hosting a dinner party on the experiment's final evening. So if you're feeling like the years are starting to catch up with you, remember that some of it may just be in your head! www.ellenlanger.com

Better Bra
Ladies, it's time to put your best bust forward. According to Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker from Livi Rae Lingerie, 85 percent of women are wearing a bra that's the wrong size. Here, these bra fit experts share three ways to tell if your bra really fits:

  • Shoulder straps should be loose and comfortable, not digging into your shoulders.
  • If your breast tissue is spilling over the top of the bra, it means that your cup is too small.
  • The band holds 90 percent of your bra support, so it should be snug to avoid putting stress on your shoulders and back.
  • If your bra isn't cutting it, Try Livi Rae Lingerie's "Virtual Fit" option online to find a better one. www.liviraelingerie.com

We know real estate is all about location, location, location, but did you know that your body size is often about perception, perception, perception? The key is posture. If you walk with rounded shoulders, an unsupported back, and a loose core, any extra weight you're carrying will be accentuated. Try "losing" a few pounds today through proper posture!

"When you are standing, it is best to keep your shoulders back but relaxed to help keep the proper curve in your low back. One method to achieve this is by standing against a wall. You want your head, shoulder blades, buttocks and heels to touch the wall," says Dr. Marly N. Dows-Martinez from Resurgens Orthopaedics. "This not only helps promote the normal spinal alignment but also helps make you look taller and more confident." www.resurgens.com

Weight Loss
There's no substitute for eating healthy, whole foods and breaking a sweat on a regular basis. But if you're doing all the right things and still want some extra help toning and tightening, many new technologies can help. BEST, a Buckhead dermatology center, specializes in non-surgical options such as Exilis, CoolSculpting, Ultherapy and more to help you achieve your goals. www.best.dermatologyconsultants.org

Another popular, non-surgical option is Vanquish, which uses radiofrequency to get rid of fat cells. "If you have a stubborn muffin top or love handles, Vanquish may be just the ticket," says Carolyn Morey, practice manager for Prima Center for Plastic Surgery in Duluth. Their board-certified plastic surgeons conduct four to six painless weekly sessions with Vanquish patients for maximum results. www.primacenter.com


Resources: Beautiful You

shutterstock 166553285Here's your complete guide to this issue's beauty resources. Turn to each page to find great deals and the right beauty solutions for you!

  • Advanced Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine of Buckhead
  • Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic
  • Anderson Hair Sciences Center
  • Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery
  • Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
  • Aura Hair & Makeup
  • Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Carter Barnes Hair Artisans
  • Cobb Wellness and Aesthetics
  • Concourse Athletic Club
  • Dance Tonight Atlanta
  • Dermani Medspa
  • Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta
  • Dermatology Center of Atlanta
  • Dermatology Consultants
  • Facelogic Spa
  • Fountain of Youth MD
  • Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa
  • Golsen Family Dentistry
  • Harley Anti-Aging Institute
  • House of Payne Personal Training
  • Innate Organic Body
  • Institut' DERMed
  • Jeju Sauna
  • Kimball Bridge Dental Commons
  • Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill
  • Monat
  • Natural Health Solutions
  • Nerium
  • Nirvana MedSpa and Laser Centre
  • North Atlanta Dermatology
  • North Atlanta Hair Restoration
  • Northside Vascular Surgery
  • Planet Beach
  • Prima Center for Plastic Surgery
  • Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care
  • R.A. Dental Studio
  • Skin IQ MedSpa & Store
  • Smiles on Peachtree
  • Southern Plastic Surgery
  • The Arches Threading Lounge
  • Trualliance Fitness
  • Vein Atlanta
  • VeinInnovations
  • Vinings Surgery Center